Cape Town – Jonathan Kaplan questioned the TMO call to refrain from admitting England a winning attempt against the All blacks on Saturday.
The All Blacks were leading the 16-15 when, with just four minutes of going, the Scrumhalf TJ Perenara had a header by England blocking Courtney Lawes.
Flank Sam Underhill picked up the ball and scored instead how much Twickenham exploded after they thought it would be a famous victory.
The TMO Marius Jonker, however, ruled out the attempt because Lawes was out of play.
Kaplan, 52, considered one of the best referees in South Africa, believes that Jonker failed.
"I was surprised by the TMO that Marius Jonker penalized Courtney Lawes for offside before his position, and although I recognize that it is a close call, I do not agree with his decision," wrote Kaplan in a column for the Telegraph on Sunday.
"When looking at the incident, we first need to find out if there was an offline line. In previous years, as no English player was connected, it would not have been. But that law changed as a result of the" England stall "game with Italy and law 14.10 states that any player on the ball constitutes an offline line.
"What this means is that Lawes had to get in the lead and then be behind the back of the body of the device, since there is no snoring.
"Lawes clearly retreats back and in line with the rest of his teammates before he walks slightly in front of them.
"However, the central point of the matter is whether the ball is out or not. If you see the footage again, you'll see the ball. TJ Perenara had his hands on the ball for a while before taking it. This is crucial. My mind, if the ball is no longer in ruck and is not covered by another for other players, something I value asking myself if a bird could be there from above, then it is out and available to everyone.
"Besides illustrating the point, touching Perenara made sure that it was a fair game for anyone to make a move, not least Lawes. Offside line is not relevant right now, what my mind makes is a fair feat."